The 2022 Churchwide Assembly will be held on the original and ancestral homelands of the Shawnee, Miami, and Kaskaskia peoples, and we give thanks for their presence here since time immemorial. We also wish to recognize and honor all our Indigenous siblings who have and continue to call this land their home.
We respect the rich history and ongoing relationship Native peoples have with this land and the many contributions of Indigenous peoples to this place. We honor their distinctive cultural heritage by working to fulfill our commitments stated in "A Declaration of the ELCA to American Indian and Alaska Native People."
When we gather for the Churchwide Assembly this August, let us remember the Indigenous peoples and tribal nations who were the first to love, pray, grow, celebrate, cry, drum, and sing upon the lands where we will be assembled.
As we consider our place in the story of colonization and of undoing its legacy, here are ways you can give of your time and energy to seek out information, to learn more, to do more, and to remain faithful to our shared journeys toward truth and healing: